Illuminated Christmas Bauble – Make the Cut and KnK Zing Tutorial

Here’s a fun Christmas Bauble project which takes just a couple of sheets of card and a little mulberry paper.

RGB Bauble

Use  RGB tealights in your Baubles for a multi-coloured display.

There are some small, fiddly parts, so please only attempt it if you know you have a little patience.

Click on the link to download the files

Christmas Bauble with Tealight - Make the Cut and svg files (260 downloads)

As always, please contact me with any questions or comments, I hope to make my tutorials better with your helpful input.

Bauble

May Your Baubles be Merry and Bright!

From Sinister Superhero to Carnival Princess

If you’re not already aware, you can download a free PolyFacets plan to make a Superhero mask, right HERE
Because it’s a plan, you can make as many as you want, you can even make smaller ones for the young ‘uns, if you use the resizing guide HERE

This tutorial started life as a “how to patch up a mask that didn’t turn out so well” tutorial (which will be coming soon).
It shows you how to make water-based paints with Mod Podge, and making up a design as you go along with sequin strings, giving you all the help you need, to go from

Batman masks made from my free download

Plain Old Superhero

Carnival Superheroes

To Fabulous Carnival Queen!

Come with me on my messy journey, thrill to the frustration of fiddly sequins and gasp at the audacity of goose feathers, all set to a little bit of Beethoven.

Printing and Scaling a Mask Plan – FAQ

I don’t have any software which will open the PDF file.
If you don’t have software to open and print the plan, you can download it for free, here get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Do I need to print in colour?
Printing the plans requires black ink only.

Will it work with my paper size?
The plans are sized to work with both A4 and US letter paper.

The plans are designed to be printed at 100% (this is for a standard / large adult size) – Select “do not scale” in your printer settings.
Each sheet of the plan has a 100mm line, so you can always check the size by measuring this line on the printed sheets.

I want to make masks in different sizes.
If you want to make the masks smaller, you can use your printer settings to rescale them.
85% is the scale I would use to make a “child size”.

Here are some screenshots, yours may be slightly different, depending upon which printer you have.

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1. First, I select which pages to print – just the pages with the plan on, pages 6-12 in this case. Each download tells you which pages you need to print.
2. For a standard, adult sized mask, I select “actual size” – then print.
3. To scale the pages, I select “Properties”
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4. Then “Page Setup”

 

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5. Select “Scaled” from the Page Layout options
6. Then adjust the figure in the Scaling box and click OK.

85% is the scale I usually choose to make a smaller mask.
The “100 mm” measuring lines will measure 85mm, in this case.

When you come back to the original print settings, “actual size” is still selected and the “print prieview” still shows the pages at full size, but it will print at the scale you have selected.


 

Making Masks with Silver Foil Card

It’s been a while since I tried making masks using foil card. Early on, I made some silver Aliens – they turned out less than satisfactory.
Something I had forgotten about reflective silver masks, is that they’re completely rubbish to photograph. I’m hoping that this blog post will serve as a reminder to me.

Drama Masks made from Silver card and Sequins

Drama Masks made from Silver card and Sequins

This is how the finished masks turned out, they look much better on a person than in my wood store.

I started by making the mistake of using some foil card which I had put to one side because it’s too thin but having already bonded the pattern to it, I decided that I would reinforce it with tracing paper (that’s the green colour that you see on the inside).

The foil card is a bit thin, so to reinforce it, I use tracing paper.

The foil card is a bit thin, so to reinforce it, I use tracing paper.

The video covers the assembly of one mask, and how to give them a quick bling-up using some blackboard paint, Mod Podge and Sequins, using red for the tragedy mask and green for comedy.

 

The Kickstarter Mask Plan Menagerie is Now Live

I have finally done it, after months of careful fiddling my mask project is live on Kickstarter at last!  I’ve taken as much advice as I can and the rest is done in my own way.
I love the concept of Kickstarter and so far it’s proving to be a great experience. Designing the campaign really made me think about how to communicate about the project.
Here’s the lead video from the campaign, I’d be interested to hear your feedback.

You can see the full campaign HERE

Super Tough and Sugar Skull Masks

I’ve been compiling the written part of my Kickstarter campaign and getting valued opinions from various folks. One particular group of serious business people showed me some tough love, and hit me with a barrage of questions, the sort of questions I should already be able to answer with no problem.
The exercise has been very helpful, not just for the startup, but for the business in general.

One of the questions was “why should I buy a plan from you, when I can probably get something for free?”
The main thing that I think sets my plans aside from others, paid or free, is the way they’re constructed and the strengths they have as a result. I made this video to demonstrate, using masks made with my standard methods. The main material is printer card.


Even I was surprised that they will support a 6 pound housebrick and I’m delighted that they’re so water resistant that they can be immersed completely and stay intact.
It probably takes a little bit more time to build one of my masks than one of the free downloads you can get but the quality of the finished products is worlds apart. I’m proud that these masks are so sturdy, it makes it worthwhile to spend time the decoration them because you know that they won’t just fall apart the first time you wear them.
They’re beautiful things to decorate, too. I gave these two spare monkey masks a couple of quick treatments yesterday and found myself almost in colouring book territory, in that, the lines are already there, you know what the main theme of the picture will be but you can colour it in any way you like.

Robot and sugar skull monkey masks

Sugar Skull and Robot Monkey Masks

I aim to make tutorials for all of the different paint styles and decoration techniques. I’ve quite a few ideas I haven’t even got around to testing but for now, the Sugar Skull technique is pleasing me the most. It’s much simpler than it looks, with the starting point being the bold white lines around the eyes, the skull outline and the mouth. Once those are in place, you can just “make up” the design, using the facets of the mask as a guide to keep it nice and symmetrical.

Building Masks With Card – Construction Videos

I’ve been editing videos showing the final build stage of five of the masks. It’s the best way to explain what I do. It’s given me the chance to really take stock of the experience I’m offering, as a home crafting project. There’s no doubt that it takes patience and accuracy to make them but they don’t demand the dedication needed to knit a scarf, for instance. I like the knitting analogy. They have that kind of “hang up your mind” quality; the sort of thing you might do listening to music and enjoying your favourite drink.

As far as materials are concerned, I’m delighted with Mod Podge and I’m sorry if it comes off as if I am on of their sales team. The stuff is amazing, it adds flexibility, water resistance and strength to card and it’s as easy as working with PVA. By the time they’re completed, it’s hard to believe that they started out as cereal boxes.

I explored many ways to fix the masks together. I have one eye on future projects; I’ve got a LOT of ideas, but they all depend on weather I can create projects that end with perfect results for my customers.

Tape on the outside was never an option. I tried all types of double sided tapes and tabs attached to the pattern pieces. In the end, the tab sheet system is the most accurate way to hold it all together; the masks are under a good deal of stress and a strong, intant bond is needed. Contact adhesive is the perfect glue for the final build, I use Mod Podge to secure the tabs to the flat pieces.

These videos show just the actual build. I did five on the same day and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get a cutting machine (I’ve made each of these over 20 times, now) it’s going to save a lot of time.